Call for Abstracts for 2017 ITS MN Fall Forum

ITS Minnesota, a state chapter of ITS America, strives to enhance the awareness of emerging technologies in transportation.  As part of this effort, ITS Minnesota is seeking presentations for the 2017 ITS Minnesota Fall Forum, to be held October 17th & 18th at the Crowne Aire Plaza in Bloomington, MN. 

Each year, the Fall Forum provides public and private sector attendees presentation, exhibition, learning, and networking opportunities.  The focus of this year's Fall Forum includes Smart Cities, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, and Connected Corridors, and will feature industry-leading speakers from across the country.  To complement these presentations, ITS Minnesota is seeking abstracts focused on innovative transportation technology projects in Minnesota.

Abstracts, of 500 words or less, should be submitted by August 18th, 2017 to info@itsmn.org.  Each submittal should include a presentation title, abstract, and the presenter's name and contact information.  Presentations are expected to be 15 to 25 minutes in duration.  ITS Minnesota will notify selected presenters by September 1st, 2017.

Addition of Connected Vehicle Capabilities to ITS National Reference Architecture

The USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office is pleased to announce the release of the first version of the ITS National Reference Architecture to fully incorporate connected vehicle capabilities in detail.

Version 8.0 of the Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT) and its accompanying software tools are available at no cost from www.arc-it.net. ARC-IT Version 8.0 is a major upgrade to the National ITS Reference Architecture that integrates content evolved from both the National ITS Architecture Version 7.1 and the Connected Vehicle Reference Implementation Architecture (CVRIA) Version 2.2. ARC-IT provides a unifying   framework that covers ITS comprehensively, including connected vehicle and traditional infrastructure ITS capabilities. ARC-IT and the accompanying toolsets help implementers develop regional architectures to effectively meet their needs and ensure regulatory compliance, while facilitating efficient, secure, and interoperable ITS deployments. Visit the What's New section to learn precisely how ARC-IT Version 8.0 integrates the National ITS Architecture Version 7.1 and   CVRIA. ARC-IT also includes the release of two companion software tools--the Regional Architecture Development for Intelligent Transportation (RAD-IT) and the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT): RAD-IT provides all the functionality that regional architects have come to expect from Turbo Architecture, updated with a more modern user interface and use of the ARC-IT database. SET-IT provides related project architecture functionality tailored to implementation and project specification. Both tools are backwards compatible with their previous incarnations and available at www.arc-it.net.

ITS America Releases Reply Comments to the FCC on Safety Spectrum Sharing

ITS America recently filed reply comments on July 22nd, 2016 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking stating that any sharing the 5.9 GHz (DSRC) Band with unlicensed devices should be permitted only if it can be shown that such sharing will not interfere with DSRC’s ability to protect and save lives. The comments can be read by clicking on the following link: http://www.itsa.org/advocacy/safety-and-connected-vehicles-

ITS America also maintains a summary of the comments filed to date on their website at the following address: http://www.itsa.org/advocacy/safety-and-connected-vehicles-

2017 Minnesota Transportation Conference and Call for Presentations

The 2017 Minnesota Transportation Conference is scheduled for March 1-2, 2017, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN.  

At this time, the conference planning committee is soliciting presentation ideas for the 2017 conference. Presentation ideas must be submitted electronically by Monday, July 18th, 2016 for consideration. The conference planning committee will notify submitters by November whether or not their abstract has been accepted for presentation.  

More information will be added as it becomes available to the conference website at: http://prekk003-mtc.cts-dev.software.umn.edu/index.htm.  We look forward to seeing many members of ITS Minnesota at this event in March 2017!

Conflicts between Autonomous Vehicle Development and Legislation

Below is a link to an Associated Press article describing potential conflicts between Autonomous Vehicle manufacturers and researchers with efforts to develop legislation within various states designed to ensure the overall safety of autonomous vehicle travel.  This article was also featured in the Star Tribune on March 17th, 2016. 

http://www.startribune.com/autonomous-cars-aren-t-perfect-but-how-safe-must-they-be/372384201/

Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Featured During Super Bowl Commercial

During the 2016 Super Bowl, Arrow Electronics aired a commercial highlighting the power of technology by giving an injured race car driver the ability to drive again through the use sensors within the vehicle detecting head movement and breathing to drive the vehicle on a controlled race track.  The commercial is an example of the progress being made by auto manufacturers with respect to the development of autonomous vehicles.

Click HERE to view the commercial that was run during the Super Bowl.

City of Minneapolis Responds to USDOT Smart City Challenge

The City of Minneapolis, on behalf of Metro Transit, the city of Saint Paul, and a half-dozen other partners, submitted an application on February 4th, 2016 in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, a competition to bring home $50 million to improve transit and transportation.  Further details on the application can be found in an article posted on Finance and Commerce by author Janice Bitters by clicking on this link: http://finance-commerce.com/transit/2016/02/02/agencies-gear-up-for-50m-transportation-challenge/

The USDOT issued a press release on February 8th with the news that 77 applications were received from cities all across the country.  Five finalists will be announced at the South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 12th, and the finalists will each receive $100,000 to hone their proposals and develop applications for the final selection process scheduled for June 2016.  The full USDOT press release and other details on the Smart City Challenge can be found by clicking on this link: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/bulletins/1352b9e

Minnesota Connected Vehicle/Autonomous Vehicle Resources